7.8 out of 10

Sunshine

Ranked 274th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.7955389441076 144.829451554656
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Public Transport
  • Cost of Living
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Neighbourly Spirit
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Students

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
Apr 15, 2018
Editors Choice

"Multicultural hotspot without inner-city congestion and crowding"

I've read a couple of reviews here warning of "brown people" and "ferals" in the Sunshine area. OK, so if that's really what keeps you up at night, then Sunshine is not for you. The truth is, Sunshine is pretty awesome. Not only has it got to be one of the most affordable places this close to the city to set up, whether buying or renting; because it's got a middle suburb vibe you don't get the claustrophobic, congested feeling of inner suburbs. Nonetheless it has many of the advantages of an inner suburb. Excellent public transport - a massive bus interchange at the train station. The train takes only 25-30 minutes to get to the city. There's a great multicutural vibe happening, with old school migrants from Europe and Vietnam and lots of new migrants to. This means the high street has a great selection of cafes and restaurants including many Vietnamese spots as well as Indian, Afghan, Ethiopian and your typical Aussie eateries if you're not feeling adventurous. People come from all over Melbourne to try the food. The town centre has undergone regeneration recently with new streetscaping, a new library and council chambers, new pool and leisure centre. Ignore the decades out of date rumours about crime, violence and seediness. It's just not true. I've lived in Richmond and Richmond is much seedier and crime-ridden than Sunshine, yet everyone wants to live there. Sunshine is bound to become the next destination for homebuyers once Footscray and Yarraville become unaffordable.
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  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
Jul 14, 2019

"A Good Place to Live"

Recently moved back here after a number of years and don't regret my decision. I love that there is such easy access to so many things, without the density of inner city living and with lots of great cafes and restaurants opening up. I have always believed that Sunshine's reputation has been undeserved . Yes, you may come across the occasional odd bod in the town centre, but by far the vast majority of people who live here are decent, hardworking and friendly.
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  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
Jul 08, 2019

"Next suburb to gentrify"

The comments below surprise me. I live in Ardeer which is quite literally 6mins down the road but I shop in sunshine, go to the movies and eat some bloody great and cheap Vietnamese in the high street. Yes there's some ratbags hanging about the train station but I've seen worse in the city. There are so many commuters in and out of sunshine these days that I've never felt unsafe, even waiting for a bus after the metro. There are some shitty housing parts but there are also really nice streets. My hubby and I commute to the city everyday and most days pass through sunshine. It's a multicultural hub and super close commute to the city which is the exact reason it will sky rocket on housing prices just like Footscray did many years ago. Watch this space ✌
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  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
3/5
Jun 17, 2019

"Not as bad as Dandenong but still could have improvements"

Sunshine is a very diverse and multicultural city, (predominantly Asian to say the least). Located on the Western side of Inner Melbourne. There are large Vietnamese groups as well as Nepalese groups, making it the place feel inclusive and not just an ordinary Australian. The problem has got to be the African Crime gangs that are plaguing the west side, I discovered a group of Sundanese teenagers causing a commotion near a shopping centre and felt concerned whether they pose as a threat or they are doing their business.
davidb77
davidb77 When someone makes a comment on Sunshine in this suburb review and its negative it is or they are usually referring to the main street or retail/business centre which is Hampshire road that runs from Wright street on the west side of the Sunshine railway station and bus terminal then crosses over the railway tracks via a bridge to the east and runs through to Ballarat road/Western Fwy where the Vic university has a large TAFE campus. And the comments match the street, it is quite empty and depressing to view compared to other suburbs main street retail areas the same distance from the cbd of Melbourne and the west side does resemble the old description of the bronx in New York from gang movies. If the Brimbank council brags or boasts that the area is multicultural they are pulling not just peoples legs but their own unless of course their idea of multiculturalism is just one huge race, then a second large ethic group and a bit of a third group and then the rest you have to look hard to find. So really Sunshine is not multicultural, it is made up of a major Asian group, and then when you see someone not looking Asian its like they are foreigners. Nothing wrong with Asian they are top people and you cant help but love them, best neighbours as well. One must appreciate that the main street of Sunshine is not a true picture of the residents who live in the street off the main street. Now Tuesday in the main street of Sunshine is the day when it can be best described as a street that does look like African gang Tuesday, even the Asians are hard to be seen in great numbers on Tuesday, its a day when you will see the gangs running amok, wearing hoodies and breaking into cars and its a day that the resident knows to avoid more than any other day to go into the main street.
Jun 17, 2019
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
May 10, 2019

"A great suburb burdened by an outdated reputation"

Everyone knows the reputation that Sunshine has. The joke about "Scumshine" has been done to death. Sure, there are some rough edges but Sunshine has changed dramatically in recent years. The upgrade of the train station, rejuvenation of the town centre, and with more and more families moving in the suburb is deep into a transition into a better place to live and grow.

My only major gripe is the distinct lack of cafes anywhere outside of the town centre. Having them throughout the streets would be amazing.

If you're going to judge a place based on what you have heard from others, people who don't live here, or your own prejudices: grow up.
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Apr 14, 2019

"State government and charities polluting the main shopping strip of the residents with outsiders with criminal, drug effected anti social types where the services for them have been lumped in one place without the people who live here being liasoned with."

Sunshine is a great place and has all that Melbourne has to offer in close travel time and its back streets resemble the quiet middle class inner Melbourne suburb feel, and quiet and peaceful and its schools now producing Melbourne uni students also close to the CBD, good restaurants and shopping choices. But what stands out is what the State government and the charities with their connected organisations have done to the main shopping strip in Sunshine, they have caused it to be a unsightly experience and looking like a minimum security prison with its way above average of obvious show of people walking around with drug, mental illness or both combined that they look as though they cannot care for themselves(potentially a danger and risk to middle class citizens) in the main Hampshire road and railway station shopping and restaurant strip or precinct with its busy cash converters. You can see the obvious drug users gathering to meet their ice or heroin dealers and walk into the modern Sunshine library and drug users going to use the toilets to inject their just purchased drugs from some dealer lurking outside the library close to the Visy Cares Centre that has the influx of wayward youth caught up in drug addiction and crime so close where good behaving students and people are making use of the modern library for study purposes not as a injecting room.

The Sunshine Hampshire road and shopping complexes turn into a place with the huge unsightly site of those who exhibit drug addiction and drug induced craziness as well as anti social behaviour can be attributed to the State government under the ALP increasing the size and work of the Sunshine court house over the last ten years by not building new court houses and justice administrating facilities that deal with the massive methamphetamine caused crime and violent behaviour as well as drug induced mental illnesses that can not be managed in the new western suburbs outer suburbs and shutting the court houses and transferring all the crime court issues and people to Sunshine and a massive amount. You have Melton, Wyndham, Footscray and a host of other suburbs crime issues sent to this court 5 days a week from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday so there are hundreds of people coming from the court by rail or car to the court house behind Sunshines largest indoor shopping complex.

The parole office is now located their as well and in the main street those serving a suspendeded jail sentence or community corrections order are sent to Sunshine as well to be supervised. Those who are on methadone in suburbs such as Melton cannot access methadone in Melton but must attend Sunshine in the main street to a facility that provides. Those who are now drug induced suffering from mental trauma no longer attend the CAT facility at the Footscray Psychiatric hospital but now those in Melbournes West are all sent to Sunshine throughout the day on Devonshire Rd and Hampshire road. Those who cannot find friends or family to let them reside at their place so they can obtain parole from prison are given support accommodation by the Salvation army in a large hostel in Sunshine, as well as paedophiles being supervised and given accommodation with their gps ankle braces from Sunshine as well.

Just on Hertford road Sunshine near the Sunvale Community Park is the Care Home for those taken by child protection from their unsafe homes of drug users and have their parents attend for supervised visits during the day.

Now we know its not a good thing to judge people for these issues but the Sate government to slowly shut services down in other suburbs and place it all in one spot in and around the main shopping strip and Sunshine railway station is very wrong and this is why you have seen this part of Sunshine resemble what it is today, its a shame that those who actually live in Sunshine have not been consulted or treated fairly by the State government in having this done to them or their local Brimbank council who receives rates from these people stop this from having happened to them or pushing the issue with the State Government and charities to suspend the increase in these services now and begin to place building more facilities in other Western suburbs so they take their equal proportion of their own suburbs crime issues during the day.

Also a lot or most of the people who are employed in managing these people such as magistrates and social workers don't live and shop in Sunshine but in other suburbs so at the end of the day they do not have this huge proportion of people who use the facilities live in their home suburbs they just get paid and leave the people of Sunshine to face it daily and the issues that it brings or they bring.
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  • Families with kids
davidb77
davidb77 I was on Hampshire Road between 2:30 and 4:00pm today and in that time on the corner of Hampshire and Devonshire road a group of anti social junkies were seated and then on tall disgusting junkie attacked a little disgusting looking old junkie and both were yelling and running around like the usual imbeciles you see their in front of all the shoppers. Then two disgusting junkies went into the Sunshine library with a can of alcohol in one's hand to score some drugs off three asian looking junkie dudes in the library all while three Victoria police were on the other side of the street looking the other way. Then there were the other junkies wondering around going about their junkie activities, so nice and pleasant.
Apr 15, 2019
davidb77
davidb77 Went out to the main street in Sunshine to eat tonight between 6:30 and 7pm and walked down the main street and it was entirely different than this afternoon. It was like an entirely different shopping strip, it was safe and relaxed a variety of people out in groups and with their kids going to the restaurants along Hampshire road leading to the Sunshine station, it felt like a $million dollar suburb and the main street resembled the peaceful leafy feel of the back streets of central Sunshine with the good neighbours. Maybe the council should remove all the seats at the corner of Hampshire rd and Devonshire rd on all corners it could possibly styop the junkie anti social groups from meeting their and intimidating and scaring the shoppers.
Apr 15, 2019
davidb77
davidb77 Around 11 am on the corner of Hampshire road and Devonshire road the corner which has the public phone box on it along the main street there were around 5-6 disgusting looking junkies yelling, drinking alcohol and spitting really loud so as those who had good reason to be there could hear and see their disgusting behaviour. A fight was about to break out amongst the filthy looking mob. Its the council having the public seats there thats causing them to hang around there as well as the phone box for them to dial their drug dealer as well. Maybe the council remove the seats and put them in the park over the other side of the railway line where the footbridge and elevator crosses over to it at the end of Devonshire road and place the seats and the phone box in the park far away from the walk way so people dont have to see the junkies villians. They will have privacey in the park to spit, drink alcohol, use drugs, fight each other, yell and whatever anti social behaviour they do out of the way of people using the park tracks and bridge and those shopping and dining in Sunshines main street, so during the day we no longer for once have to see the sight of them. Oh and I didnt see the woman who wears the same clothes and has her face painted and spits as people walk past today as well.
Apr 17, 2019
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1/5
Dec 11, 2018

"One of the worst suburbs in Melbourne"

As per the title, unfortunately, Sunshine isn't a good place. If you're thinking of moving there, make sure you check out the town centre and see the types of people loitering around there.
nickc26
nickc26 I'm happy you don't live there then. Can't imagine what kind of "type" you are.
May 10, 2019
davidb77
davidb77 Beverley has a valid point Nick. Just walk there during the day and you will see why a large amount of people who live in and around Sunshine do not shop their. Hang around the cash converters and the methadone clinic across the road from cash converters and see the drug dealing
May 19, 2019
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1/5
Oct 13, 2018

"Third World"

Unsafe. Unfriendly. Not a nice suburb.
1/5
Sep 30, 2018

"Walk through the town centre and you'll understand"

Not a nice place to live or visit. If you don't believe me, go check out the centre of the town and you'll see.
jakew1
jakew1 Your name says it all and you're obviously either racist, ignorant or both. There is nothing wrong with the centre of Sunshine or Sunshine itself. Go back to Brunswick and sip on your avo lattes and leave us Westies alone.
Oct 01, 2018
aaronj4
aaronj4 jakew1
Stop playing the racist card, the place is a dump. If they are ignorant, you are deluded.
If you think the Airport Rail will be a benefit you are dreaming.
Nov 20, 2018
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1/5
Aug 14, 2018

"Unsafe and Unpleasant"

Not a nice spot.
1/5
Aug 09, 2018

"Hell-hole"

Absolutely terrible suburb. The Greens voters of Victoria should all be forced to live in this suburb for a while, as they are the ones who have made it this way.
1/5
May 10, 2018

"Dump"

Look around the streets and you can see what care is taken by people on their properties, NONE!

The place is a junk yard, druggies and crims.
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Jan 28, 2018

"Geography is destiny and Sunshine’s time has come"

Sunshine in 2018 is at the centre of the fast-growing western suburbs of Melbourne.

Public transport: Since the Regional Rail Link became operational in 2015, all regional V/Line train lines to the west of Melbourne now converge at Sunshine station – this has only consolidated Sunshine’s geographic importance within the Melbourne Metropolitan area. The public transport infrastructure improvements will continue as the Sunbury line is going to feed into the Melbourne Metro Tunnel and any future rail link to Melbourne Airport will pass through Sunshine station. The centre of Sunshine is only 12km from the city and the train trip to Melbourne Central station takes 20 minutes.

Sunshine town centre: The State government & local council have vastly improved Sunshine’s town centre in the last decade. The council has worked hard in recent years to make Sunshine town centre more attractive as well as walkable and cycleable, and the new Sunshine Train Station and the Brimbank city council offices completed in 2016 with a new multi-level library are fantastic showpieces. The town centre is very multicultural with many Vietnamese businesses and you will see many other migrant communities such as Indian, African & Burmese who have come to Australia very recently. As for cafés and eateries, there is Little Rays and the Granary café, some nice Vietnamese and Indian restaurants, but not Italian. There are some lovely old buildings that will make good future restaurants but are currently occupied by other types of businesses - that will hopefully change. As for shopping, there are two indoor shopping centres (the Marketplace and the Plaza), an ALDI and a Woolworths, a Big W and a Dimmey’s, a JB Hi-fi and a Village Cinemas multiplex.

Living here: As for the residential aspect, only a few blocks away from Sunshine town centre you can find yourself in a pleasant, largely green and quiet streets. There are many lovely old homes (pre-WWI and 1920s and 30s) that have been renovated and more that are currently being renovated. It is not very busy traffic-wise. Walking around the suburban streets of Sunshine is pleasant: I have never experienced any crime personally, but you do read about it.

As it is, Sunshine is a great place to move into if you want a nice, decent-sized old home that you can fix up, raise your kids and spend time at home. It is still affordable to buy and it – as well as its surrounding suburbs like Albion – is among the last of the old suburbs of Melbourne that are still relatively cheap. And it’s moving quickly ahead.
Pros
  • Transport
  • People
  • Close to the City
  • Many Attractive Period Homes and Public Buildings
  • Schools
Cons
  • Needs more restaurants
  • Seedy Central Shopping Area That's Unattractive and Uninviting
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  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
ShellOz
ShellOz Absolutely spot-on, Swozzle. Although, the main reasons you don't see this middle class local in Sunshine town centre more often is
1) the delays being caused by works on RRL. From Sunshine West, it's often easier and much quicker to go to Coles in Ardeer than try to get to Woolies in Sunshine.
2) For a very middle class all-day breakfast on the weekend, Ancheto is on my side of the tracks and has better coffee!
2yrs+
ShellOz
ShellOz Oh, and totally agree about the real estate agents creating dead spots in gorgeous prime locations
2yrs+
Todd Schulberg
Todd Schulberg Great review. Love the potential of Sunshine. The increased offering of infrastructure is a huge positive for Sunshine long term
2yrs+
stevenc3
stevenc3 New VicRoads building going up near to train station now (clark street)... also new apartment building going up across the road from Derrimut Hotel/Bristro... things are heating up.
2yrs+
enzop2
enzop2 It's 2017 now and to all those who called it scumshine and bogansville l bet you are all feeling a little whack in the face now that prices are over the million dollar mark.hahahaha,l'm laughing all the way to the bank.hahaha.KEEP OUT,hahaha
2yrs+
aaronj4
aaronj4 Dump! Almost everywhere is a 'million' dollars now, so what is your point Enzo?
Nov 20, 2018
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Never thought I'd enjoy it- but I do!"

I've been here 6 years now & it's been constantly changing- for the better. There are new cafes, a little wine bar, a new library, & a real multicultural vibe. You get anyone & everyone here which is what makes it so great. All but one, we have good neighbours. And it's real strength is it's no more then half an hour drive to the airport, beaches, downtown, Melbourne Museum, a good mall, & hospital. Give it 10 years. It won't recognise itself.
Pros
  • Transport
  • Close to the City
  • People
  • Many Attractive Period Homes and Public Buildings
Cons
  • Undervalued
  • Not enough nightlife
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • LGBT+
  • Hipsters
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Great!"

Good little pocket, esp in Mathews Hill. Period homes well maintained & leafy streets. Good neighbors who look out for each other and excellent public transport. Brimbank Council is making some good announcements, but we need more action after years of neglect from their predecessors. The improvements to Parks in Sunshine (Eg Buckingham Reserve $2m redevelopment and $0.300m playground at Tom O'Brien Reserve, are good examples) is good Council work so far, as is $3.2m Hampshire Square redevelopment. If developments like these keep going at a solid pace, plus the Sunshine Station redevelopment, Sunshine will continue to develop as a suburb. Convenience in public transport alone via a clean new station will attract people.
Pros
  • Transport
  • People
Cons
  • Undervalued
  • Needs more restaurants
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Sunshine? More like SCUMSHINE."

This is my opinion as I have lived here.
Cons
  • Scum
  • Bogans
  • Junkies
  • Undervalued
  • Needs more restaurants
  • Not enough nightlife
  • Seedy Central Shopping Area That's Unattractive and Uninviting
  • overvalued
zb
zb how is it undervalued and overvalued?
Jan 10, 2018
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Best decision ever."

Bought a house 3 years ago for 350k. Most recent rate notice 600k!!!... similar valuation on bank re-mortgage evaluation... never been robbed... never been harassed... great variety of food, asian, indian, african, kebabs, some western... but not alot... cheap pub/bristro food next station.
Pros
  • Transport
  • Close to the City
  • Many Attractive Period Homes and Public Buildings
  • Schools
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • LGBT+
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Diamond in the rough"

When I tell people I've lived in Sunshine, it's mostly met with a cringe and a groan or wide eyed 'why?!?!' To those people I say, take a walk on the wild side. Sunshine has more to offer than meets the eye, with schools and universities close by, as well as a newly renovated station that will take you to the city in 25-30 minutes and all amenities nearby with cost of living at a reasonable price, there's a lot this suburb has to give. There's also lots of local places to eat and shop at, and even the occasional festival. Many will say Sunshine is a dangerous suburb or feels unsafe which is a shame because this bad reputation is hard to shake off, however locals will tell you how loveable Sunshine is, and they won't fight you on it, promise!
Pros
  • Transport
  • Close to the City
  • People
  • Many Attractive Period Homes and Public Buildings
  • Schools
Cons
  • Bad Reputation
  • Undervalued
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
TomT2
TomT2 Great reviews. Sunshine ranking top 100 liveable suburb in Melbourne nov 2015
2yrs+
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PC PC
1/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
2yrs+

"Sunshine is cheap for a reason...."

Unsafe suburb
Pros
  • Transport
  • Close to the City
Cons
  • unsafe
  • crime
  • Needs more restaurants
  • Not enough nightlife
  • Seedy Central Shopping Area That's Unattractive and Uninviting
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
TomT2
TomT2 Sunshine not cheap now you can't find good house for under $ 600000
2yrs+
GeorgiaC1
GeorgiaC1 That's right Tom, house prices are very high in Sunshine, recently breaking the $1m mark and there's a reason for that...Sunshine is a great place to live. Puneet needs to do his homework before spouting off untruths like high crime rate. Sunshine certainly does not have the highest crime rate in Melbourne, the highest in 2015 were Prahran, Richmond, Collingwood, Altona and Frankston. So don't listen to people's perceptions and prejudices but look up more recent VicPol stats and get your facts right. Perception is not reality. BTW the CBD of Sunshine is fantastic for a suburb on the inner city fringe, that's why it's Vietnamese restaurants are part of Melbourne's Food Festival. One of it's restaurants was voted runner-up to the best Pho in Australia in 2013 by Feast Magazine and only two or so weeks ago Ka Pies in the CBD won the best pie in Australia from 1700 entries. Sunshine also has the most significant industrial and labour history in Australia, the full name of the Award Wage is the Sunshine Harvester Award which came about from events that happened at the Sunshine Harvester Works, the biggest company in Australia before BHP came to Australia. The Sunshine Harvester and Header Harvester machines invented in Sunshine revolutionised wheat harvesting in Australia and around the world. George Kirby lived and ran the Sunshine Cinema with his son Roc Kirby. Roc, by the way, started Village Roadshow. That's why Sunshine has the biggest Village Megaplex in the Southern hemisphere because he wanted to give something back to the suburb. Also John Flynn who started Flying Doctor Service was headmaster at Sunshine Primary School and I could go on. So to all the Sunshiner's out there if someone rudely bags the suburb you live in to your face if it's on whether they like the place or not that their opinion but if they claim it has a high crime rate compared to other suburbs ask them where they get their facts from and ask to see the figures or better yet just...ignore them.
2yrs+
PC
PC To anyone reading above BS just go visit and experience it for yourself. Train station after 6pm turns into a prison camp(scary as hell). Theres more to it that I cant type here but the whole neighborhood just feels weird. Further, ask any shopowner in Sunshine shopping centre how disgusting it gets during weekends. Sunshine is just not rite place to raise a family. Thats just my experience.
2yrs+
Sean Spencer
Sean Spencer What a load of nonsense, I doubt PC has been anywhere near Sunshine in the last 2 years
2yrs+
stevenc3
stevenc3 Sunshine station unsafe? Oh you must have a phobia to colour.... to much yellow, brown, and black kids (yes kids, they are not hoodlums)... is it hurting your eyes.
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"Sunshine Kid Now An Adult"

I'll lived in Sunshine for the last 20+ years. I moved here when I was 10.

Never been beaten, robbed stabbed or anything.

Went to Braybrook College, and graduated from Uni and got a boring white collar job sitting at desk all day.

All I gotta say is that. SUNSHINE is not that bad.

The area is changing quite alot. Brimbank Council is going to move Sunshine. More office workers in the area means more coffee, cake, and sandwich bars. There's apartments been being built now. More educated and whitecollar people are movig to this area. Sooner or later this place is going to end up like caulfied.
Pros
  • Transport
  • Close to the City
  • Many Attractive Period Homes and Public Buildings
  • Schools
Cons
  • Undervalued
  • Needs more restaurants
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Sunshine- About to rise"

Sunshine is a western suburb that has a huge amount of potential, it has infrastructure being added and it looks to be a suburb that will become a gateway for the majority of main points across victoria. It is having roads and public transport added to ensure easy access to the airport and CBD, with it being only 15 minutes currently to the CBD and with the new train potentially only 15 minutes to the airport. It is also only 11kn out of the CBD so it makes it incredibly easy to get in and out of the city, and an affordable option for those wanting close living without paying an exorbitant amount. If more money is put in to cleaning up the council areas and local hangouts, it could have a rapid change quickly.
Pros
  • Transport
  • People
  • Close to the City
  • Many Attractive Period Homes and Public Buildings
Cons
  • Needs more restaurants
  • Not enough nightlife
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+

"Peaceful place to live! Developing! lot of opportunities!"

it's a great suburb 12 min driving to CBD, modern Sunshine station, nice people, restaurants with delicious food, affordable home, close to everything. We are Aussie family who have moved here from Clayton for 3 years and we never regret!
Pros
  • Transport
  • People
  • Close to the City
  • Many Attractive Period Homes and Public Buildings
  • Schools
Cons
  • Undervalued
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
2yrs+

"I really like Sunshine!"

Like some of the other reviewers, I was a bit skeptical when my husband suggested we look in Sunshine. But, as we toured around Sunshine I was pleasantly surprised! Well kept tree lined streets, and lots of facilities (shops, medical etc). Sunshine is extremely multicultural, and I love that, if you don't, you won't! I don't actually find the central shopping area seedy at all, but I suppose that's all subjective, I come from a big multicultural city (not in Australia) and I think it has a nice vibe about it!

I haven't seen any anti-social behaviour since I've lived here, and I walk to and from the station everyday and peruse the shops. Of course every area has problems, I think Sunshine has a bit of a litter problem.

Lets be real guys, Melbourne has an extremely low crime rate. It is overall very safe, in all of it's areas, including those with the "worst" reputations. Honestly, I think most of the social problems that exist in Sunshine (as in those other 'reputation' suburbs) likely take place in people's own homes (domestic violence etc), as opposed to against strangers.

We love our little street, we live in a court where most of the residents have lived there for 10+ years and own their homes. They've been really welcoming. I think Sunshine is on the up, with lots of new people moving in and a really friendly vibe about the place. About half of the people I meet on the street say hi, how nice is that!
Pros
  • Multicultural
  • Transport
  • People
  • Close to the City
  • Many Attractive Period Homes and Public Buildings
Cons
  • Litter
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A great place to live"

My partner and I recently purchased a three bedroom house on Chapman St for under 500k. The restaurants are great lots of quality restaurant options (indian, malaysian, vietnamese) for good prices. Decor isnt often great but most restaurants avoid that dingy feel. Our neighbours are great and I often have little convos over the back fence, not intrusive. It takes about 22mins to get to the cbd, about ten to Highpoint, Sunshine city centre has most stores you would need, everything essential plus Bunnings and JB hifi. There is an abundance of green space many well taken care of parks with lots of childrens equipment. Many streets are wide and tree lined.

In our six months here we have not encountered any crime. The station always seems to have PSOs around and feels safe for my female partner who frequently gets back at 8-9pm weekdays. I was sceptical when my partner said 'why don't we look in Sunshine?' because of the bad rep. The reality for us has been an above average suburban experience. There are a couple of good cafes doing breakfast on weekends.

Sunshine is culturally diverse and if you're a closet racist you're unlikely to feel comfortable. Sunshine is also economically very diverse. I've seen a few $1000 prams being pushed around and a number of beaten up Hyundai Excels (which cost about the same). The Sunshine cbd has plenty of asian groceries and fresh produce markets, it also has those staples like Safeway and Aldi.

Probably the worst thing about Sunshine is its reputation. It's not an Ipod suburb like Brunswick or Fitzroy, in terms of rep its probably in with West Heidelberg and Melton (not that there is anything wrong with those suburbs per se). The reality is different from the rep for us and many friends from the Eastern suburbs who can't afford out that way and have made Sunshine home.

This is why people should consider Sunshine- 3 bedroom fully renovated period house, generous North facing backyard, 2 bathrooms, walk in robe and ensuite, own driveway, friendly neighbours, great food, convenient shops, great access to public transport all for under 500k.
Pros
  • Great parks
  • Transport
  • People
  • Close to the City
  • Many Attractive Period Homes and Public Buildings
Cons
  • Not a 'cool' suburb yet
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Hipsters
  • Students
dragonclaw
dragonclaw The reality is Sunshine is undervalued given its reputation, but I believe gentrification is on the way. Sunshine is a hotspot when it comes to naming suburbs within 15km of Melbourne CBD where you could still buy properties less than $500k.
We bought a 4 bedroom property back in 2007 for less than $300k. So just imagine how affordable it was back then! The property you bought for under $500k would be worth more than that after gentrification!
2yrs+
claireholden
claireholden I agree- we've never encountered crime in Sunshine during our two years, either. I also find that the multicultural suburb is really well assimilated. I feel a lot of warmth and respect for the new migrants who have arrived in Sunshine who are friendly, polite and family-oriented. There is no room for "chips on the shoulder" in Sunshine; it's like all of us who are here, realise how lucky we are. Beyond the emotional fondness, the decision to buy in Sunshine is a great financial move; our house has just received a valuation from the bank, and it has gone up in value 16% in two years. Let's all live in Sunshine and be happy and get rich!
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Thank god for positive people"

Hey guys, I'm so happy I have read great reviews about sunshine. I have lived here for 10 years and have a wonderful community and sence of well being. We have bbq's in our court in December and all the neighbours get on well. My area isnt overly populated with houses and in fact I see the city sky scaper over my balcony which is valueble when New Year's comes around. I often drive by the heritage houses and would love to do reno on one. Going to the city is 10ks it's a breeze.....especially for work.
Pros
  • Need well known shops like Harris Scarf, sportsgirl ect, our demographic's need it.
  • Transport
  • People
  • Close to the City
  • Many Attractive Period Homes and Public Buildings
  • Schools
Cons
  • Undervalued
  • Not enough nightlife
  • Needs more restaurants
  • Seedy Central Shopping Area That's Unattractive and Uninviting
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • LGBT+
  • Students
chining
chining my negative review of sunshine was deleted.
Does streetadvisor only allow positive review of sunshine?
do you seriously believe sunshine is a good suburb?
2yrs+
Sunshinelocal
Sunshinelocal Chining - would you consider St Kilda, Richmond, Port Melbourne to be 'good' suburbs? 20 years ago you wouldn't wanted to have lived there, but as our population grew all these so called dodgy suburbs became gentrified and are now hugely popular. With Sunshine being so close to the city with great public transport links, it will soon change & become a popular area - I've been living here 6 years now & slowly but surely the place is changing. Would love to hear your thoughts on why Sunshine is so bad
2yrs+
dragonclaw
dragonclaw Chining I've been living in Sunshine for the 6 years. I moved here because it is close to the city yet affordable. It is undervalued given its reputation. Maybe you just have to wait and see what happens after gentrification.
2yrs+
stevenc3
stevenc3 Chining - wow, your comments are nasty... you leaving, is probably one of the best things to happen to sunshine... we don't need snobs around here.
2yrs+
Jason Wright
Jason Wright Snobs? Ha! Melbourne is the most forkable scummy snobs place to be. Coming back was the worst mistake in my life. Lets bulldoze Melbourne all over . Hmmm
Apr 23, 2018
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Potential and growth are coming"

I grew up in sunshine, in the heritage listed area, in a house on graham St, about 20 years ago. my mother still have the same house, I'm there regularly, and honestly, it's quite a good little place.
I disagree that child care is an issue, my daughter is in a child care centre in sunshine that is good and they have plenty of vacancies, as well as lots of family day care operators. Schools are also not an issue, and sunshine primary has a good after school and holiday care program.
There are questionable folk and areas of sunshine, however you can live a pretty harmonious life here if you know your place. What I mean by that is that yes, there are junkies, but there are also junkies in fitzroy which is almost smack bang in the cbd, and as long as you don't walk right up to them and call them junkies to their face, they leave you alone.
There is a little pocket of middle aged to older alcoholics that hang outside the bottle shop near the derrimut pub. They are harmless and one of the older males is actually quite a gentleman, escorted me to my house very late one night, to ensure I got home safely and asked for nothing in return. We chatted very amicably along the way and he was happy enough to wander away after I'd left his company.
This place has amazing food, perhaps not an astounding variation of it, but some of the food you find here is some of the best in the western suburbs.
Being so close to the city, night life is really not a huge deal. There is there derrimut hotel which does pub meals, the cinemas and mambo's cafe right near it which are open late and are amazing. But with night life also attracts negative attention and people so that's a bit of a plus to me to not have much going on at night.
House values are rising in the area, and heritage overlay is expanding, however I am not to question the councils knowledge of the heritage condition of some houses, as I know that they are easily led in that place.
The suburb is quite beautiful in its own rough and tumble way. With pricier housing comes a more sophisticated (at least, less drug fuelled) crowd so patiently biding your time will pay off in this suburb.
Pros
  • Transport
  • People
  • Close to the City
  • Many Attractive Period Homes and Public Buildings
  • Schools
Cons
  • Undervalued
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • LGBT+
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Close to everything!"

There are some really good value properties that have been sold in Sunshine recently. You'd get a good house for $400k. Zone 1 train, 15 mins by road to Docklands/Vic Market (no Tolls), lots or bike paths, Village cinema's, some good cheap food options, infrastructure projects in flight (upgrade station/bus terminal, upgrades to Anderson Rd rail crossings, park improvements).

I'm hopeful the negative stigma associated with the area and will change over time however the reality is there are a lot of low income housing and there are social issues that need to be managed as a part of that. There are some really nice pockets though around the Matthews Hill area and the Railway Station Estate (Morris, Couch, Benjamin & Chapman) which has a heritage overlay and there are some really nice period homes from the late 1800's and early 1900's.
Pros
  • Transport
  • People
  • Close to the City
  • Many Attractive Period Homes and Public Buildings
Cons
  • Undervalued
  • Needs more restaurants
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Trendy & Stylish
1/5
2yrs+

"Stay away from this place!"

Drunkards and druggies everywhere......at the shops, at the station, etc.

Sunshine certainly doesn't live up to its name!
Pros
  • Transport
  • Close to the City
Recommended for
  • Singles
Tb3020
Tb3020 Sorry you seem to be contradicting yourself; in your post on Sydenham you said: "There is a bit of crime here; cars can be seen smashed at the station car park....but I suppose this sort of stuff is common in many suburbs" Huh? So crime at the Sydenham Station and other suburbs is 'common' but crime at Sunshine Station is "stay away". How does this make sense?
2yrs+
Matt_Costa
Matt_Costa There just seems to be more in Sunshine...........just don't feel safe there!
2yrs+
Tb3020
Tb3020 So your comment comes down to a feeling...I think some people come from pretty sheltered backgrounds or read too much Herald Sun, watch too much a Current affair if they believe that any of Melbourne suburbs, incl Sunshine are that bad. I have experienced other western countries crime rates and they make your comments seem inaccurate. I have lived in Sunshine for years, and have never had any trouble or seen any trouble. With PSOs now at Sunshine station, a Station rebuild & upgrade, and upgrades to Sunshine CBD, these areas will look and 'feel' even better. Ironically, if you google Vic crime rates 2011, 'crimes against the person' are slightly higher in Sydenham than Sunshine. I think people should think before throwing stones, instead of running areas down and damaging their reputation and that of the families who live there.
2yrs+
dragonclaw
dragonclaw Matt you could have said that to other suburbs as well. i don't know if you said it because you're a local in the area. I lived in Ringwood for more than a year and I did'n't feel safe there either. We moved to Sunshine because it was close to city and affordable.
2yrs+
TomT2
TomT2 This comments for sunshine 20 years before , I doubt this guy ever been in sunshine
2yrs+
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4/5
2yrs+

"Rough diamond..."

We bought a 1940s cottage that is a short walk to the shops, pool, cinema and station. It only takes 30 minutes from Sunshine Station to the CBD and it's set to improve with the Regional Rail-link. As for cafe culture, there's some positive signs of the gentry creeping into Sunshine with The Granary and Cafe Ancheto, but otherwise... I love it for a hearty bowl of Pho, and $3.50 Bahn Mi. I believe it's Melbourne's best kept secret and in time, it will become one of the best investments.
Pros
  • Cheap & healthy food
  • Library
  • Undervalued
  • Transport
  • Close to the City
  • Many Attractive Period Homes and Public Buildings
Cons
  • Reputation (but this is good, as makes it affordable!)
  • Not enough nightlife
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • LGBT+
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"A Classic, Old World Inner Suburb That Could One Day be Fantastic"

I've lived in Matthews Hill for nearly two years - it's quiet and leafy with lovely period homes and the train station on the doorstep. However, where I live - and the fact I work in the city - allows me the luxury of rarely having to go to the Sunshine shops. Downtown Sunshine is by and large ugly, seedy and devoid of anything interesting to do or buy (although there are some good cheap restaurants). It's a shame really as Sunshine has so much potential. It's full of attractive period buildings - including some wonderful Art Deco - has nice parks, is close to the city, is multicultural in the true sense and has great public transport. I also feel safe here despite its reputation and often catch late night public transport home. It's the first place I've lived where I haven't needed a car, and in a decade will probably be the next Yarraville. But for now...well at least I can be smug in the knowledge that when its time finally comes I got in here when property was cheap.
Pros
  • Transport
  • People
  • Many Attractive Period Homes and Public Buildings
  • Close to the City
  • Leafy with Well Maintained Parks and Gardens
Cons
  • Undervalued
  • Not enough nightlife
  • Seedy Central Shopping Area That's Unattractive and Uninviting
  • A Bad Reputation it's Struggling to Overcome
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Stress-free suburb to live in, not much traffic, beautiful tree lined streets in matthews hill pocket"

I love how Sunshine is so close to the city (12kms!), plenty of multi-cultured eateries, friendly down-to-earth residents. Cafe culture is starting to spread here!
Pros
  • Transport
  • People
Cons
  • Undervalued
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • LGBT+
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Rough around the edges"

Sunshine needs a good polish up, is it an uncut diamond? well it has many ingredients like being central to the west of melbourne, good access to freeways, close to the city and highpoint shopping centre and good sized home blocks. Although many properties are not owned by the occupants, many housing commission homes so the landscape isn't all that appealing, a bit of a concrete jungle and the shopping district is a bit rugged.
Pros
  • Transport
  • Schools
Cons
  • overvalued
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"Full of Character. Has great potential"

I lived in Sunshine for six months having moved from NSW. I came there knowing it had a bad rep, but I've grown up accustomed to areas with "reputations," the price was right and the house I was living in was very well renovated. Sure there is crime. My car was burgled on my first night. Another late night a man attempted to mug me at the train station but failed when other people came to the rescue. But even so there are also some amazing people, especially the older generation who are very friendly and have a lot of great stories to tell. I think this is a suburb which will gentrify with time. There's a lot of loitering youth hanging around the station but it just seems like they're bored. Perhaps there needs to be more affordable/free community activities for them? I do love the multiculturalism of Sunshine. There's so much character. So much amazing cheap food from all over the world, and the vendors were really friendly even if I didn't speak their native language. The shops are plentiful and ever expanding. I found the pubs to be not my thing. I didn't spot a single nightclub or live music venue around apart from The Granary Cafe which has some good entertainment. The public transport is great in the day but terrible in the evening. Getting to the city is really quick by car or train - about 15 mins either way. If you want your kids to grow up in a safe and quiet suburb then this is may not the place for you. However if you're looking for an affordable place with plenty of character then you might really like it there. I must admit: even though it is a bit rough cut, I do miss it a bit.
Pros
  • People
  • Transport
Cons
  • Not enough nightlife
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Students
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Might appeal to some"

Sunshine being an older more established suburb has some nice clean areas however the dirty rundown pockets overshadow sunshine. There is a lot of crime and tension with the large numbers of government housing and different opinions on lifestyle requirements. Sunshine is in closer proximity to the city and therefore contains more traffic. Shopping is average as harvester shopping complex is the main area for retail therapy. The pool facility is great and the schools are of high standards. Walk the streets at night at your own risk; perhaps walk with your large dog. Area probably would not suit families with young children.
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  • Professionals
  • Singles
JaneYoung
JaneYoung I totally agree with your comment, Yogi.

I was driving home on the Ballarat Road (Sunshine) at 2 am few days ago after picking up my partner from city. It was so dark out there and I did not turn on my high beam. I did not see a shopping trolley in the middle of the road until I was a metre way. Fortunately, I could avoid it. I cannot believe who threw the trolley on the main road. It taught me a lesson to use a high beam when I drive in the dark (as I have never used high beam when I drive).
2yrs+
Leafy_Area
Leafy_Area Too much crime for my liking
2yrs+
TomT2
TomT2 Living here for 15 years never trouble with crimes
2yrs+
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Get in now before its too late"

My partner and I moved to Sunshine from an inner city bayside suburb a year back. In Sunshine we were able to buy a period home within 10 minutes walk from the train station (zone 1), 5 minutes walk to the local park/tennis courts and less than 10 minutes drive into Footscray or Yarraville. Sunshine is only 12 kilometres from the city (that's the same distance as Box Hill from the CBD) yet the real estate is so undervalued! We like our neighborhood - it's really multicultural, and there are good community services (heaps of schools and lovely local swimming pool) and excellent public transport. The only thing it's really missing is a good pizza restaurant!
I would highly recommend buying in Sunshine!
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  • Families with kids
beelove
beelove Yes I like living in Sunshine too. So multicultral and people are mostly sweet and humble. I agree there is not much in the way of restaurants but luckily we are not far from Yarraville, Willie or if going to Willie might as well go into city as it really is quite close (after the peak hour traffic dies) - ie going in for dinner (weeknight even better)
2yrs+
yogi
yogi Spent a lot of time in sunshine and Braybrook going to school there. I was a much safer and quieter area 10+ years ago. The increase of government housing has made sunshine into a geto at nights and certain areas a bit seedy during the day. Yes there are many facilities and the pool is great however the crime rate in the area is deffinatelly a big let down. As time goes on it's getting worse.My wife had a kinfe pulled out on her and mugged at lunchtime in the centre of Sunshine. It's the pits
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Love Sunshine"

As someone who moved from Yarraville (and who has lived there from the moment i was born), i was quite hesitant in investing in Sunshine due to the suburbs reputation, but ended buying an investment property on Monash Street 5 years ago (and which now has doubled in value) and was overall so happy (close to all major freeways, 15 kms to the city, major shopping centers and cinemas) that i ended up buying my current residential property in Sunshine West.
Neighbors are great, street is quiet and local transport is excellent, broadband internet connection is great, overall i would recommend investing in Sunshine hands down, you wont regret it
Pros
  • Schools
  • Transport
  • People
Cons
  • Undervalued
  • Not enough nightlife
  • Needs more restaurants
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Sunshine,Victoria"

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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
TomT2
TomT2 Sunshine ranking best of 100 liveable suburb in Melbourne 7 nov 2015 moved from 204 in 2011 to 97 this year .
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"ITs Great"

I am living in Albion and found its great. Ture there is lot gov housing but thats not a big problem. there is a lot of nice ppl living here. I think it is not safe any where in melbourne after 11pm. There is not enough Police in Victoria according to Victoria Police but state gov spending 1.1 billion on myki and other less important things.
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yogi
yogi You must be one of the lucky one's in Albion as the police have just released the crime stats and is said that every 2 houses out of five have been robbed in the last five years. You must be keeping your security up, well done. It's nice to hear your happy and glad you have not become a victim.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Matthews Hill - Sunshines Hidden Gem"

Its a hidden gem the streets that surround matthews hill big blocks great park and great if you have dogs. Never in my wildest dreams did i think i would love living in Sunshine.
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids

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